Warren Buffett has long been involved in political affairs, from Washington dinner parties, to golfing with Ronald Reagan, and more recently his public support of Hilary Clinton during the recent election. It surprises me that someone with as much political, economic, and business knowledge as the Oracle of Omaha is not so concerned about education or the American economy, but rather he thinks one of the biggest challenges this country faces could be nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction.
“Governments, individuals, and organizations can’t control security. It’s what I would spend all of my money on if I could fix it,” Buffett commented at a Q & A with several business schools.
It seems that Buffett actually thinks this is a natural progression of things; he explains that the world is changing, but the way humans think ultimately is not. Branching off that thought, the octogenarian explains that each day our population continues to increase while our knowledge does as well, and it’s creating an increasingly dangerous world with the progression.
“In 1945 we unlocked the atom, and that changed everything… We used to just pick up a stone and throw it at our neighbor, so massive damage was limited. Since 1945, everything in the world has changed except how men think… We live in a dangerous world, and it’s getting more dangerous as we go along,” Buffett said at one of his famous Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meetings.
It doesn’t seem as though Buffett is against research or expanding knowledge, but more so who can obtain it— he once said the real problem materials and deliverability, and to put that in perspective said what you could do with the wrong kind of disease would be incredible. Primarily, Buffett thinks we should have an administration that focuses on decreasing this risk and avoiding large scale deaths.
“People generally associate this risk with terrorists and rogue states, but I regard it as a big threat to the future of mankind. We haven’t made much progress and we should be doing everything to reduce access to materials.”